Explore: Discover the River Journeys Project at the John Tonkin Reserve, East Fremantle
John Tonkin Reserve was named after John Trezise Tonkin who was a member of the Australian Labor Party and served as the 20th Premier of WA from 1971 to 1974. This area is known as Niergarup to the Whadjuk Noongar people, meaning “the meeting place of the pelicans”. The Niergarup is a traditional Whadjuk trail, l inking Fremantle to Point Walter, and beyond. The Town of East Fremantle manages the park and partnered with the Parks and Wildlife Service to create four headlands at the John Tonkin Reserve foreshore to encourage beach renourishment, minimise erosion from boat wake and waves, and support the revegetation of native flora.